Posted: Friday, January 12, 2001

Lawmaker pushes for new capitol

JUNEAU - An Anchorage Republican has reintroduced a bill calling for a new building for the state Legislature.

The bill by Rep. Norm Rokeberg would direct a panel of lawmakers to write specifications for construction of a new legislative hall by Dec. 15, 2001.

Rokeberg has said the Capitol is unsafe because corridors are obstructed by copiers and other equipment too large to store in already cluttered offices.

The measure also says the building's wiring is inadequate, its heating system is antiquated and chambers and public galleries are too small.

Rokeberg offered an identical measure last session, but it died in committee.

Onboard stabbing ruled accidental

JUNEAU - The Alaska State Troopers received a report about 7 p.m. Monday that there had been an alleged stabbing aboard the fishing vessel Independence as it was sailing in Chatham Strait.

Investigation revealed a man, 35, of Montana, was walking past a man, 42, of Seattle, who was cutting twine with a knife. When the walker squeezed by the cutter in close quarters he was inadvertently stabbed in the middle of the back as the twine parted.

The injured man was transported to Hoonah where he was examined, and then flown to Juneau, where he was discharged in good condition Tuesday morning.

The man was stabbed with his own knife - a brand-new Leatherman - which the twine cutter had just borrowed, said troopers.

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